Where do I hook up my wireless router?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by captan, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. macrumors member

    May 11, 2005
    I allways get confused when people explain their setups so I figured it would be easier for you to answer my question if I drew a picture (animated gif):


    Alternative one and two doesn't require a router with a built in switch so I guess those are cheaper. If the router has a built in switch I guess alternative #4 is the most elegant but then I'd have a left over switch.

    So my question is twofold:

    1. does it matter where you hook up the router? (as in should I strive to place the router as close to the center of my home (as in example 1 and 3 above) or is it best to strive for as few components as possible)

    2. Which wireless router (with or withouth switch) do you recommend for this PC + old Mac + new Mac + Wii setup?

    (the IP-phone thingy is not a modem btw - don't know what to call it)
  2. macrumors G4

    Oct 14, 2005
    Most setups I've seen go something like this:

    Socket in Wall > Modem > Router > (everything else)

    Where is your modem currently, and what's currently acting as the router, or are you in a dorm or something where you don't have to worry about those?
  3. macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2006
    Carlisle, Up Norf!
    Don't buy a Wireless Router.

    Buy a Wireless Access Point, plug it into your switch and there you go, wirelessness.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    May 11, 2005
    I got "fiber to the home" as they call it (and it's not a dorm - it's an apartment building) - the socket is just a regular RJ45 which you could just plug straight to the computer and it delivers 10Mbit or 100Mbit (both up/down) (depending on what you pay for). So no modem neccesary here.

    oh, thanks, I thought those were the same thing...
  5. macrumors 68040

    Mar 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    my wireless routers/access point (linksys wrt54g) is hooked up as:

    socket in the wall -> cable modem -> router -> imac

    my macbook is mostly connected wirelessly, unless i want to transfer large files in which case, i just use another ethernet connection to the router for faster transfer speeds

    all other peripherals connect wirelessly (phone, ds lite and soon, the wii!!!)
  6. macrumors G4

    Oct 14, 2005

    Adding a router to this already-routed situation would make things hairy. I'd definitely go with Markleshark's suggestion. ;)

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